West Bay Opera: Falstaff

West Bay Opera: Falstaff

Lucie Stern Theatre (map)

Singing Fenton in Falstaff (Verdi): May 24, 26m, June 1, 2m

Falstaff was Verdi's last joint project with long-time collaborator Arrigo Boito, who adapted Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor into the libretto, also incorporating several scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2.  The score is like nothing else he wrote. Verdi really captures the essence of Sir John Falstaff's character: a man so essentially full of himself that he manages to take credit even when he is the object of humiliating public ridicule. Verdi relished the opportunity to write a comic opera (only two of his twenty eight operas were comedies), and produced a witty, dynamic and elegant piece like no other in the entire operatic repertoire.

Falstaff - Richard Zeller
Ford - Krassen Karagiozov
Alice - Taylor Haines
Nanetta - Anastasia Malliaras
Meg Page - Veronica Jensen
Mistress Quickly - Patrice Houston
Fenton - Dane Suarez
Dr. Cajus - Michael Mendelsohn
Bardolfo - Michael Orlinsky
Pistola - Kiril Havezov

Conductor - José Luis Moscovich
Director - Ragnar Conde

Opera NEO: Cabaret

Opera NEO: Cabaret

Encinitas Library (map)

Performing excerpt as Radamès  from Verdi’s Aïda

Opera NEO: Eugene Onegin

Opera NEO: Eugene Onegin

Opera NEO (map)

Singing Lensky in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky): August 9, 11

“Suarez also lavished his ample tenor on Lensky’s confessional aria “Kuda, kuda” from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, readily engaging that trademark Russian pathos and existential remorse. Opera NEO will stage this popular Tchaikovsky grand opera in its 2019 August summer festival with Suarez as Lensky.” -Ken Herman, San Diego Story

Onegin - Luke Harnish
Tatyana - Rachel Blaustein
Lensky - Dane Suarez
Olga - Sarabeth Belón
Prince Gremin - Jason Zacher
Triquet - Raul Valdez
Mme. Larina - Rachel Deatherage
Filipyevna - Holly Dodson
Zaretsky - Jared Lesa
Captain - Garrett Sanderson
Guillot - Jack French

Conductor/Director - Peter Kozma